#389 Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

29 March 2021

Endangered in this area because of loss of habitat and the insistence of too many farmers of cutting hay before the young have fledged (they nest on the ground) – seek them in grasslands, especially the field to the east of the arboretum opposite Ch. Pruche.

Breed in open areas across the northern United States and southern Canada, preferring large fields with a mixture of grasses and broad-leaved plants like legumes and dandelions. They formerly nested mainly in tallgrass and mixed prairie of the midwestern United States and south-central Canada. They now also nest in eastern hayfields and meadows, which became available as eastern forests were cleared, and west of the Great Plains in recently irrigated habitats. After breeding, Bobolinks move to freshwater marshes and coastal areas to molt before migrating. Their main wintering area is in the southern interior of South America, where they spend their time in grasslands, marshes, rice fields, and sorghum fields.

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